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Dorsey Nunn, executive director of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children and co-founder of All of Us or None.

Coalition Calls on President Obama to Ban the Box

A coalition of groups delivered a national petition with 130,000 signatures this week to the White House, calling on President Obama to remove the conviction history check-box from federal agency/contractor job applications, an effort better [...]
Residentes de Oakland colorearon las ilustraciones de 'Visiones desde el Interior' para la creación de un mural colaborativo sobre las madres y los niños detenidos en los EE.UU. Foto por Tulio Ospina.

Betti Ono Gallery: Art Exhibit Exposes Realities Migrants Experience in Detention

The Betti Ono art gallery opened its doors Monday evening to the public for the creation of a mural using images from the “Visions from the Inside” project, depicting the experiences and hardships of undocumented [...]
President Barack Obama speaks to guests at The White House Panel Discussion on Criminal Justice Reform. He is joined by moderator Bill Keller (left), Editor-in-Chief of The Marshall Project; Charlie Beck (right), Chief, Los Angeles Police Department; and John Walsh (far right), United States Attorney, District of Colorado. | Photo by Cheriss May, Howard University News Service

Obama Says Black Lives Matter Movement Is Legit

By Courtne Dixon, Howard University News Service   The Black Lives Matter movement, who many have embraced and others have claimed is anti-police, received an endorsement from the nation’s highest law enforcement officer, President Barack [...]
Speakers at a community coal meeting included (l to r) Pastor Ken Chambers of West Side Baptist Church, Margaret Gordon of the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project, and Will Scott, Program Director with California Faith Power & Light. Photo by Ashley Chambers.

Churches, Community Unite Against Coal in Oakland

  Community members and faith leaders held a public meeting this week to oppose the export of coal from a terminal at the City of Oakland’s Army Base development project.
Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed


  In a hurried effort to respond to the affordability crisis facing renters, Mayor Libby Schaaf announced the launch of the (SHIP) Safe Housing Inspection Program.     The SHIP will allow fire officials to [...]
Community members and anti-displacement activists surround Director of Planning and Building, Rachel Flynn, at the Downtown Specific Plan design workshop Monday night. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Community Turns Up the Volume to Defend Residents and Businesses City staff Rachel Flynn said there is no housing crisis in Oakland

  Community members are raising the volume on their demands that the city protect Oaklanders’ rights following a number of noise complaints by a few residents targeting Lake Merritt drummers and Black churches.
Work on the Oakland Army Base development could halt if disagreements over the coal terminal are not resolved.

Environmental Groups’ Legal Action Could Halt Coal Terminal

  Environmental and community groups—Earthjustice, the Sierra Club, Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) and San Francisco Baykeepers—have filed a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) action in Alameda County Superior Court challenging the export of [...]

OP-ED: Separate and Impoverished

  Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Democratic candidate for president, shocked people when he noted that 51 percent of African-Americans aged 17 through 20 who have graduated high school or dropped out of high school are [...]